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Published on May 11, 2021

Alamance Regional Medical Center in Top 10% for Patient Safety

There are fewer infections, falls and collapsed lungs than at non-recipient hospitals.


Alamance Regional Medical Center has earned Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award.™ This distinction places Alamance Regional among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers. Healthgrades Award Logo

From 2017 through 2019, there were 190,273 potentially preventable “patient safety events” among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* If all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades, on average, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“We are again honored to receive another national award for our patient safety. But more importantly, this award reassures our community that they can get the safest, highest-quality care right here at Alamance Regional Medical Center,” says Alamance Regional Medical Center President Mark Gordon.

From 2017 to 2019, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72% of all patient safety events. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 50.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.* 

“The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumer’s minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We congratulate the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities,” says Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Bowman.

Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2020.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.